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Adventure education arrives at BHS

Nov 11, 2015 01:31PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Student climbs the "Pamper Pole"

In Ryan Farwell’s Adventure Education and Lifetime Sports and Activities class at Batavia High School, students are climbing the walls. Literally.

The new P.E. class, made possible by a grant from The Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, is offered to juniors and seniors and focuses on positive character development through adventure activities like indoor rock and pole climbing.

Mr. Farwell, who holds a master’s degree in physical education and adventure education, guides students through peer pursuit challenges to help them experience 10 stages toward helping others, problem solving, trust, and fair play communication.

Recently in class, students participated in a high-elements activity—climbing a “Pamper Pole.” Four brave volunteers climbed up a pole anchored by fellow classmates. Once at the top, students were instructed to stand on the pole platform without hanging onto anything and leap into the air, all the while relying on trained classmates to keep the safety ropes and pole steady.

Rumor has it that the name “Pamper Pole” comes from the potential need for a diaper by the time you reach the top. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Watching the four students from the beginning to the end of their climb, you notice a progression from slight trepidation to “I can do this” to “I am doing this” to “I rocked this and I’ll accomplish more this week.”